A 72-year-old woman was gored multiple times by a bison in Yellowstone National Park after attempting to take photos of the animal.
The incident happened on June 25 near Bridge Bay Campground in the northwest Wyoming section of the national park. The unidentified woman got within 10 feet of the animal several times before it charged her and gored her multiple times. She was treated by park rangers on the scene initially but was eventually flown to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for more comprehensive treatment of her injuries.
The park's senior bison biologist, Chris Geremia, said: "The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet." He added that bison will display a variety of agitated behavior to communicate their anger before charging. Park visitors are required to stay at least 25 yards away from all large animals (100 yards from bears and wolves), meaning the woman was violating the park regulations rather significantly by getting so close to the bison. Her current condition is unknown.
Such run-ins with animals are well known at Yellowstone, which takes safety precautions very seriously. Hopefully, the woman will recover from her injuries.